Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Bygg nr. 870 & 871 ved Vard Langsten, VARD 6 07 "Hanseatic Nature" & "Hanseatic Inspiration"

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VARD SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT WITH AN INTERNATIONAL CRUISE COMPANY

Singapore, 13 May 2016 – Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) for the design and construction of two expedition cruise vessels for an undisclosed international cruise company.

Developed by VARD in close cooperation with the customer, the vessels are specially designed for a high standard of facilities, ice-class and the highest demands for environmentally friendly and safe operations.

The expedition cruise vessels will be approximately 14,500 gross tons, about 137 metres long and 22 metres wide. Each vessel can accommodate 240 passengers in 120 cabins.

Delivery is scheduled from Vard Langsten in Norway in 1Q 2019 and 1Q 2020 respectively. The vessels are designed in close cooperation with the customer by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, and the hulls will be built by VARD’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania.

CEO and Executive Director Mr. Roy Reite commented, “Our objective is to develop unique and tailor-made vessels to meet the needs of our customer to further develop their role in the expedition cruise market, and we are honored to sign a Letter of Intent for this exciting project. We look forward to continue our diversification strategy together with our new customers.”

The parties have a common intention to enter into contracts at the beginning of 3Q 2016.
 

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VARD SECURES CONTRACT FOR TWO LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISE VESSELS FOR HAPAG-LLOYD CRUISES

Singapore, 26 August 2016 – Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has secured contracts for the design and construction of two luxury expedition cruise vessels for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

A Letter of Intent (“LoI”) with respect to the contracts had been announced on 13 May 2016, with reference to an undisclosed international cruise company. Effectiveness of the contracts is still subject to customary financing conditions.

Developed by VARD in close cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica, but are also prepared for operations in warm water destinations such as the Amazon. The vessels which will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology, will have a high standard of facilities and fulfil the highest demands for environmentally friendly and safe operations.

The luxury expedition cruise vessels will be approximately 16,100 gross tons, about 138 meters long and 22 meters wide. Each vessel has seven passenger decks, with accommodation for a total of 240 passengers in 120 cabins and suites. The vessels will also feature a water sports marina and modern spa and fitness areas.

The hulls of the vessels will be built by VARD’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, and delivery is scheduled from Vard Langsten in Norway in 1Q 2019 and 4Q 2019 respectively.

CEO and Executive Director Mr. Roy Reite commented, “We are honored to have been chosen by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for this project. A leading player like Hapag-Lloyd Cruises placing their trust in VARD’s capabilities to develop these unique, high-end vessels shows the recognition we have quickly earned in this segment of the specialty shipbuilding market.”

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is a company with a tradition of progress. Owned by TUI AG and based in Hamburg, Germany, the company is the German-speaking region’s leading cruise provider in the luxury and expedition segments. 125 years after inventing the very concept of the cruise, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises continues a tradition of innovation in the cruise market, offering passengers outstanding vessels in their class and exciting expedition experiences worldwide. www.hl-cruises.com

VARD 6 07

Overall length: 138 m | Breadth: 22 m | Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel
 

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VARD CONFIRMS CONTRACT FOR TWO LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISE VESSELS FOR HAPAG-LLOYD CRUISES

Singapore, 7 October 2016 – Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that the contracts for the design and construction of two luxury expedition cruise vessels for TUI Group’s German luxury cruise business Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have been confirmed.

The contracts had been announced on 26 August 2016, with effectiveness of the contracts still subject to customary financing conditions. All conditions have now been fulfilled and the contracts have become effective.

Both vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica, but are also prepared for operations in warm water destinations such as the Amazon river. The luxury expedition cruise vessels will be approximately 16,100 gross tons, about 138 meters long and 22 meters wide. Each vessel has seven passenger decks, with accommodation for a total of 230 passengers in 120 cabins and suites. The vessels will also feature a water sports marina and modern spa and fitness areas.

The hulls of the vessels will be built by VARD’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, and delivery is scheduled from Vard Langsten in Norway in 1Q 2019 and 4Q 2019 respectively.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is a company with a tradition of progress. Owned by TUI Group, the world’s leading integrated tourism business and based in Hamburg, Germany, the company is the German-speaking region’s leading cruise provider in the luxury and expedition segments. 125 years after inventing the very concept of the cruise, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises continues a tradition of innovation in the cruise market, offering passengers outstanding vessels in their class and exciting expedition experiences worldwide. In the 2017 edition of the Berlitz cruise guide, its cruise ships EUROPA 2 and EUROPA have been awarded the highest distinction as the only 5-stars-plus cruise ships worldwide.

www.hl-cruises.com

VARD 6 07

Overall length: 138 m | Breadth: 22 m | Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel
 

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Spennande å sjå kordan dette løses: "...will be fitted with hinged bridge wings that will allow her to pass through the locks of the St Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal without hindrance"

Fra Latecruisenews.com:

And last week came the news that Hapag-Lloyd’s new 15,540-ton 230-berth expedition ship Hanseatic Inspiration will also offer itineraries in the Great Lakes in the spring of 2020. Like the same line’s Columbus of 1997, the new ship will be fitted with hinged bridge wings that will allow her to pass through the locks of the St Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal without hindrance.

The Hanseatic Inspiration is the second of two sister ships being built by Fincantieri’s Vard affiliate in Romania and Norway. Her maiden voyage will depart Antwerp on October 14, 2019, for a 15-day cruise to Lisbon, Casablanca and Honfleur, terminating in Tenerife.

Hanseatic Inspiration voyages in 2020 will include March 25 to April 11 on the Amazon River and June 3-17 on the Great Lakes. The last time Hapag-Lloyd offered Great Lakes cruises was 2011, meaning the Hanseatic Inspiration will be offering the line’s first Great Lakes cruises in nearly a decade.

The 14-night Great Lakes cruise will include the Detroit River, Lake Huron, including Tobermory, Parry Sound and Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior, including Thunder Bay, and Lake Michigan.

The fact that the Hanseatic Inspiration is a Zodiac-equipped expedition ship, as opposed to a pure cruise ship brings up the interesting subject of whether she will be able to use her Zodiacs when landing passengers in US waters.
 

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Antwerp's first ocean-cruise-ship naming will be Hanseatic Inspiration

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be putting two ships into service next year, with Hanseatic Nature being named in Hamburg and Hanseatic Inspiration in Antwerp

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will hold the naming ceremony for its second expedition newbuild, Hanseatic Inspiration, in Antwerp. While several river-cruise vessels have been christened there, this marks the first ocean-going cruise ship naming for the Belgian port.

The festivities are set for Oct. 13, 2019, with the maiden voyage to Tenerife to depart the following day.

The announcement was made Saturday by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO Karl J. Pojer with Antwerp Deputy Mayor Koen Kennis.

Pojer said the company is delighted to be celebrating the launch of its ship against the 'beautiful backdrop' of Antwerp, adding: 'We have enjoyed many years of excellent collaboration with all of the city’s representatives and our choice of location for the ceremony demonstrates our deep connection with Antwerp. It also underlines our growth strategy for the international market.'

Kennis thanked Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for the 'years of trust and confidence that the company has shown in the city.'

The line will be putting two ships into service next year. Recently it was announced the naming ceremony for Hanseatic Nature will be held in Hamburg on April 12, 2019.

The pair of sister ships feature cutting-edge technology and have the highest ice class for passenger vessels, Polar Class 6. Their routes will take the ships from one extreme to the other—from cold polar waters to the warm reaches of the Amazon.

Hanseatic Inspiration's 15-day maiden voyage to Tenerife will call at Honfleur, Guernsey, numerous destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, at Morocco and Madeira.

Kilde: Seatrade Cruise News
 
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